3 times not paying debt might put you in prison

Debt-related arrests are illegal. No consumer debt creditor may compel you to be arrested, detained, or do court-ordered community service.

This includes credit cards, medical debt, payday loans, mortgages, and school loans.

Creditors may sue you in civil court for unpaid debt, which might lead to your arrest. It's important to react to court summonses and pay penalties and child support.

Unsecured creditors must sue to recover an unpaid debt without security.

Court-ordered child maintenance might put you in prison. When you don't do what the court says, such attend a child support hearing or pay support, you're in contempt.

IRS may sue you for unpaid taxes (though the IRS does have extensive enforcement powers, and may be able to make collections without legal judgment).

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